Evaluation of an emotional well-being at work programme for supporting health visiting teams during COVID-19
Evidence and practice    

Evaluation of an emotional well-being at work programme for supporting health visiting teams during COVID-19

Sharin Baldwin Emotional well-being at work supervisor and evaluation lead, Institute of Health Visiting, London, England, and clinical research fellow, University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School, Warwick, England
Rachel Stephen Emotional well-being at work project co-ordinator, Institute of Health Visiting, London, England
Patricia Kelly Emotional well-being facilitator, Institute of Health Visiting, London, England
Philippa Bishop Training programme manager, Institute of Health Visiting, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the effect of COVID-19 on the emotional well-being of health visiting teams

  • To learn about an online programme that could support the emotional well-being of health visiting teams

  • To develop ideas for how you can support the emotional well-being of your team members

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had and continues to have a huge effect on the health and well-being of children and families in the UK. Health visitors have been at the forefront of providing support and care to these families, which has been challenging and has resulted in increased levels of stress among the workforce. For health visitors to have the capacity to support families adequately it is important that they focus on their own well-being.

This article describes the Emotional Wellbeing at Work virtual programme for health visitors developed by the Institute of Health Visiting and funded by the RCN Foundation. It also discusses the early evaluation findings and learning points, and considers how the programme has developed.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1741

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

sharin.baldwin@warwick.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Baldwin S, Stephen R, Kelly P et al (2021) Evaluation of an emotional well-being at work programme for supporting health visiting teams during COVID-19. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1741

Acknowledgements

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) wishes to thank the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation for a COVID-19 support fund grant that enabled the development and delivery of this programme of support to the workforce. The mental health and well-being of workers has always been and remains a priority for both the RCN Foundation and the iHV.

Published online: 13 October 2021

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